Lightning Strike at LaGuardia Causes Hole in Runway, Flight Delays

By Jesse Sokolow on 1 March 2017
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View from a LaGuardia runway

View from a LaGuardia runway

A lightning strike at New York’s LaGuardia Airport burned a hole in one of the airport’s runways, causing numerous flight delays Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:18 a.m., at which point the airport closed the runway for repairs. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that the runway had reopened around 12:40 p.m.

As of 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time, 259 flights had been delayed into and out of the LaGuardia, while 42 had been cancelled, according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service.

More delays are possible throughout the rest of the day, as thunderstorms are expected in the area.

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